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Letter: Rethink growth in Ridgefield

By Peter Muellner, Washougal
Published: May 7, 2024, 6:00am

With another loss at the ballot for the Ridgefield School District bonds, maybe it’s time for the school board to go to the city and say: stop, no more development until you figure out how to pay for schools, roads, etc., without involving residents outside the city limits.

We lived in the Ridgefield rural area for 34 years. For most of that time there seemed to be orderly growth. But all of a sudden, explosive growth of urban boundaries and developments. We were asked to pay more in property taxes without having any say, except to voice our disapproval by constantly voting “no” on school levies. There seems to be a disconnect in Washington oversight of cities that do this sort of out-of-control development. The cities do what they want within their borders, but they expect county and state residents to share in the costs of schools and roads and other infrastructure. All the development in Ridgefield would have made more sense in urban infill closer to the river.

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